Livia Filotico works for Arvon, the UK’s largest residential writing course organisation. She is Arvon’s communications administrator by day and a live literature programmer by night. Over the years Livia has worked with literary and cultural organisations, bookshops, universities and publishers to promote ideas of enchantment, diversity, and cultural understanding within the arts and cultural sector, both in the UK and internationally.
We know that to sustain a writing career, authors need all the help they can get. Whether it’s brushing up on your skills with the help of seasoned authors, or simply needing to buy some time to write without worrying about your day job, we know a little financial help can go a long way.
There are many resources online for writers and several helpful lists of grants and funding schemes. Available funding does change, however, so many of these lists become outdated quickly. We’ve done some research to come up with some of the best currently available ways to give your writing a boost. These initiatives range from one-off small cash prizes to residencies and ongoing funding for worthwhile literary projects. They are based in several locations throughout the British Isles, which doesn’t necessarily mean one needs to live in that area to apply. Take a look at the map below to discover opportunities in your area and beyond. Keep yourself writing and get the support you deserve! #amwriting
We interviewed Nick Lloyd, an independent author living in London. Nick loves writing stories with moral uncertainty, where a reader could take the side of one (or more) protagonists in conflict. His first novel, Emergence, was published on Amazon Kindle and has sold over 10,000 copies to date.
We asked whitefox freelancer Emma Graves to share some pieces of advice for aspiring cover designers. She has a decade’s worth of experience working in-house in traditional publishing and has hundreds of commercial covers under her belt.
We asked longtime whitefox freelancer Jill Sawyer for some practical typesetting tips. Read on for advice from an industry veteran with a sturdy knowledge of the editorial and design aspects of publishing – a reliable resource for anyone who wants to begin a freelance typesetting career.
We spoke to Anna Hughes, founder and editorial director of The Pigeonhole. Anna has been working in the publishing industry for over a decade. She has had a brief fling with the Erotic Review, a minor assignation with Condé Nast and a long and complicated relationship with Random House. She then swapped sides and went to see how the other half lived at Peter Fraser & Dunlop, before jacking in the traditional and going rogue with The Pigeonhole. In 2015 she was named a Rising Star and shortlisted as Digital Achiever of the Year. She tells us she is actually rather disgusted by pigeons.
So when is a start-up no longer classified as a start-up? I remember hearing one entrepreneur pose such a question on a conference platform a few years back somewhere in London. And their answer? “I’ll finally say I don’t run a start up when I stop getting asked to speak at events such as this.”
We spoke to Katy Massey, editor of the Tangled Roots, an anthology of mixed race life writing from Britain. The annual Tangled Roots edition brings together over 30 writers to answer the question: What is life like for mixed families in Britain today?
Interesting to read last week about the positive financial results posted by Clays within the St Ives Group, and the increasing importance of self-publishing as more and more writers are interested in […]